mill valley

The owner was seeking an update for her uninspired kitchen, dining, and living areas of 1980ís vintage with extraordinary valley and treetop views. She contacted Studio Terpeluk after having enjoying the ambiance of Farina restaurant (designed by Studio Terpeluk), hoping to find a translation of that language into her home.

Exploiting this immersive natural environment, the project opens-up the once dark kitchen and living areas by using floor-to-ceiling casement windows which flood the space with light and fresh air. A central island topped with a single slab of cararra marble was added, creating an impressive preparation area and counter seating on both ends. The faded polyurethane oak flooring was replaced with reclaimed walnut and the original oak cabinets were replaced with custom designed lacquered gray millwork with restoration seeded glass, cararra marble surfaces, and blackened steel accents.

As a unifying gesture, the walnut flooring and cabinetry are carried-through to the adjacent living room and dining spaces. Accenting the living area is an EPA-approve wood-burning fireplace with a custom blackened steel surround.